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Paula NoonanPaula NoonanMay 31, 20175min451

Both “sides” in the arguments over oil and gas development say the other is “taking advantage” of the explosions in Firestone and Mead. This should not be a time for sides. This should be a time for serious analysis. It can also provide an opening that should, for the sake of everyone in the state, cut through sides to allow common sense to function. Both accidents caused violent fire and explosions leading to death and serious injuries in non-industrial environments. The Mead accident occurred 1,000 feet from other buildings, according to reports. The Firestone explosion blew up a house as a pipe leaked gas that followed French drains into the Martinez’s basement.



Peter MarcusApril 12, 20175min781
Oil and gas observers from both sides of the debate each received wins and losses in the legislature on Wednesday as lawmakers tackled setbacks and tampering with equipment. Both bills received partisan votes in separate committees. In the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, which is controlled by Democrats, legislation died that would have […]

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John TomasicJohn TomasicApril 11, 20174min769

The oil and gas drilling setback question is heating up again in Colorado's northern Front Range gas patch -- if it ever really cooled down. Tuesday afternoon, a coalition of environmental and civil rights groups filed a lawsuit (<a href="http://www.coloradostatesman.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Bella-Romero-Complaint-FINAL-filed-4-11-17.pdf">pdf</a>) in a Denver district court challenging the approval by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission of a drilling project sited near the Bella Romero Middle School just outside of Greeley.



Joey BunchJoey BunchMarch 14, 20173min4926
Rep. Mike Foote plans to throw the latest punch as early as Tuesday in the ongoing fight over fracking near schools in the northeast metro region. After courts have upheld existing laws allowing wells to operate within 1,000 feet of schools, home sand other public buildings, Foote wants to “clarify” that that means the property […]

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David O. WilliamsDavid O. WilliamsAugust 31, 20168min420

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis on Monday told The Colorado Statesman that the battle for greater local control over oil and gas drilling will keep coming back every two years if the State Legislature is unable to take action on the emotionally charged issue of fracking in and around neighborhoods. “Issues are always best addressed legislatively, but if the Legislature fails to address it, I’m sure proponents of ballot initiatives will be back,” Polis told The Statesman on Monday after Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams concluded supporters of two anti-fracking ballot initiatives — one of which Polis backed — didn’t collect enough valid voter signatures.